First of all, why we choose three nodes and not only two? In any cluster, the number of nodes should be odd, so in the case of disconnection of a node, we assume that the highest group of servers has the fresh data, and should be replicated to the down node to avoid data loss. This is related only to resolve conflicts in data replication, we won’t loose data written only to the disconnected node.
This is used to avoid a circumstance called split brain, in which we can’t automatically choose which node has correct data. Think for example of a 2 node cluster where both nodes are disconnected from each other, and the same record is written to both nodes: who wins when they come back online? We don’t know, so split brain happens, and we have to manually decide wich record is the right one.
The number of nodes that is needed to determine wich part of the cluster has the right data is called QUORUM, in our case, the quorum will be 2. So we need 2 servers always be connected to each other. In case all three nodes will go down, we have a split brain and we must decide wich server should go in bootstrap mode manually, this is the procedure to determine wich will be the main server to resume from the split brain.
Configuring Percona XtraDB Cluster on Debian 8
This tutorial describes how to install and configure three Percona XtraDB Cluster nodes on Debian 8 servers, we will be using the packages from the Percona repositories.
IP address: 192.168.152.100
IP address: 192.168.152.110
IP address: 192.168.152.120
On each host, modify file /etc/hosts as follows to ensure DNS will work correctly.